Sign up to receive 5 free days of our daily summary for tech news.

Asia AI Semiconductors

China’s Huawei Plots AI Push With ‘Project Da Vinci’

Once a month, a top Huawei executive huddles with colleagues to talk about how to bring artificial intelligence into everything the Chinese tech giant makes, from telecom base stations and cloud data centers to devices like smartphones and surveillance cameras. The broad effort is code-named Project Da Vinci—referred to as Project D by some Huawei executives, according to people familiar with the matter.

Project Da Vinci, whose existence hasn’t been reported before, could have a significant impact given the wide use of Huawei’s products and services among global wireless carriers. The effort includes the development of new Huawei AI chips for data centers that enable applications like voice and image recognition in the cloud, Huawei’s first foray into this competitive market. The AI push also could fuel the U.S. government’s concerns about the growing clout of Huawei, whose telecom gear and consumer smartphones are effectively banned in the U.S. due to fears Beijing might use them to spy on Americans.  

What Is The Information?

Notes c5deeda06ab4ba3bb64e208f234bfd828cdb7031f4b8d9ef5ffe24616d188b97

Exclusive Articles

We broke it first. Receive original reporting you won't read anywhere else from the largest newsroom in tech.

Notebook 6c83b3311db49a8adebea2e7fe2364564e90295556b8e983aea7986068e1a47c

Daily news analysis

Every weeknight, we'll send you our reporters’ views on the day’s top tech news—distilled into one email.

Conference calls 31d2645b356d3bb7470146f8d53ea066d45f6cb5d19dd7b6b299b046c8fac7c0

Conference calls

Get access to our reporters and other top executives with monthly deep-dive calls into topics like startups and autonomous vehicles.

Events ed23353632f8b00a54b6b229ac78d6aa5e78755fa35c00eb4d0e87d72c711c4f

Special Events

For no extra fee, get access to more than a dozen events yearly, from intimate dinners to larger gatherings with marquee speakers.

What else is included in my subscription?

Become a contributor

Share your views and find other subscribers by completing your profile. You’ll be listed in our contributor directory.

Slack community

Discuss topics and current events with our subscriber-only Slack group and share news about your company with other subscribers.

Annual Subscriber only benefits:

Org Charts

Access the only collection of tech company org charts. Our expanding database includes companies like Amazon, Snap, and Uber.

Crypto Newsletter

Our experts investigate the latest in the crypto world to keep you in-the-know about the movements of digital currencies.

Stay up to date on Silicon Valley

Sign up for Jessica Lessin’s (The Information’s CEO & Founder) free Saturday newsletter and also receive a complimentary week of our daily afternoon tech commentary email.

Already a subscriber? Log in here